#9Book Charity Shops

Notes from Charity Shops(Retailing, consumption and society by Suzanne Horne and Avril Maddrell

“The charity shop as we know it in the UK today is a post-1945 phenomenon.In 1947 Oxfam opened its first shop, which was the first modern charity shop.”

“Oxfam experienced resistance to buying second-hand clothes when it set up shops in Germany, and there is widespread distaste for second-hand goods in Japan, where even the market for used books is small(see Clammer 1992). p17

“Value added tax (VAT) is charged on bought-in goods but is not charged on goods donated by the public to the charity shops. T he business rate charged for trading in a location varies according to the location, but the local authority in which the shop operates has to give an 80 per cent business rate relief to a charity shop. This relief can be further reduced as the authorities are able to add a further discretionary 20 per cent discount. Thus a charging authority gives a mandatory rates relief of 80 per cent and a discretionary relief of 20 per cent.”p22

“As well as selling goods for profit and acting as a ‘social service’, the third function of the charity shop is to raise public awareness of its particular charitable cause.”p28

“These three functions are those most commonly thought of in relation to the charity shop,but a fourth function can be seen: that of the recycling of goods, or the ‘green’ function.”p28



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